Minister for Health Simon Harris at Wednesday’s press briefing on Budget 2020. Last weekend, the leadership of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association passed a motion of no confidence in the Minister. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minster says Government will pay for deal on pay parity with doctors if agreement reached

Kevin Callinan, general secretary of Fórsa, said the Government must change industrial relations legislation ‘to ensure not just the right to organise but the right to bargain effectively’.

Fórsa leader says Government must change industrial relations legislation

The Irish health system has never made any plans for the increased feminisation of medicine.

Exodus from service due to culture and lack of cover for maternity leave

The review says that in recent years public service pay has been prioritised over other forms of current expenditure.

State’s wage bill could grow to €24 billion per year under various Government employment models

The review says the numbers presenting at hospital emergency departments have risen at a faster rate than could be accounted for solely by demographic factors. Photograph: Getty Images

Review says free GP care for children under the age of six did not result in fall in emergency unit attendances

Universal access to GP care has been an ambition of politicians for years, though it has only begun in earnest in recent years with under-6s and people over 70. File photograph: Getty

Universal free family doctor services could cost €840m per year, spending review warns

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said a review of the Civil Service would ‘consider the location of support offices and services to ensure consistency’ with the goals of the Government’s national development plan.

Donohoe says future needs will be different in terms of skills mix, technology and geographical footprint

An additional one million home help hours are to be provided next year in an attempt to reduce waiting lists for the service and speed up departures from the State’s hospitals.

Difficulties getting support in the home has seen people older people stuck in hospitals

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trade union calls on Irish Government to consider measures to protect incomes

Joe O’Flynn: Boris Johnson government is  “destructive and pompous”. Photograph: Peter Summers/PA

Union seeks emergency legislation to ban evictions of tenants and mortgage-holders

The Taoiseach had signalled changes to the help-to-buy scheme, saying some couples who could already afford a deposit were benefitting. File photograph: Getty

Budget move to ensure couples who can ‘well afford to buy’ will not be unfairly subsidised

Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, who   will bring proposals to the Cabinet this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cabinet to hear proposals for 30c rise to set minimum wage for adults at €10.10 per hour

Dr Laura Durcan, vice-president of the IHCA with president Dr Donal O’Hanlon, Dr Gabrielle Colleran and Martin Varley, the association’s secretary general, at the launch of its pre-Budget 2020 submission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

IHCA to ‘significantly escalate’ its campaign over two-tier pay system for specialists

Minister for Finance Paschal  Donohoe will have €2.8b   to spend on budget day, although €2.1bn   has already been committed. Photograph: Getty Images

Reports of Government tensions over next year’s education budget due to costs of pay, pensions

As of July 2019, the Health Service Executive’s financial deficit was €281m.

Breach of guidelines will trigger sanction of first charge on budgets, cautions Paul Reid

The Health Service Executive said that those waiting for home support are assessed and provided with a new or additional service as soon as possible. File photograph: Getty

‘I am embarrassed and yes I am apologising for that on a daily basis,’ admits Jim Daly

 Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with Monica Uí Dúill and her baby Liam on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Medical organisations say about 500 consultant posts remain permanently unfilled

A Google Earth view of  Roslyn Park  on Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

C&AG report says offer of €20.5 million for Sandymount site was 24% above valuation

Staff working privately operated speed camera firm GoSafe are taking industrial action over their working conditions.  File photograph: Frank Miller

Road policing units to step in while GoSafe employees take industrial action

The IMO said that hospital consultants employed after October 2012 were paid up to €50,000 less than colleagues appointed before that date. Photograph: Thinkstock

IMO warns patients could face “chaotic” winter amid dispute over two-tier pay

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Criticism by defence forces personnel of Paul Kehoe has increased markedly in recent months

Raco is seeking the establishment of a stand-alone pay review body for the Defence Forces. Photograph: Alan Betson

Representative Association for Commissioned Officers says measures accepted

Defence Forces members. File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

In bid to retain staff Government expected to review status quo

“Collectively we need to talk about what is good about our health system...not just what is wrong. Consultants have a role in this too.” Photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil pledges to end two-tier pay system for hospital consultants appointed since 2012 if it leads the next government

A doctor is now twice as likely to die by suicide than a member of the general population, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has been told.   Photograph: iStock

Consultant burnout impacting on patients with diminished quality of care, says IHCA

Dr Donal O’Hanlon, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association and Dr Laura Durcan, IHCA vice president and consultant rheumatologist, Beaumont Hospital, pictured at the IHCA’s annual conference at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Acute hospitals face ‘horrendous’ winter if ‘Aussie flu’ hits Ireland, conference hears

The opening of the new national children’s hospital is at risk due to shortages of senior medical staff, hospital consultants have warned.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

HSE budget overrun hits €230 million up to end of July, despite spending curbs

Minister for Health Simon Harris has pulled out of a planned address to the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Harris has a ‘diary issue’ that prevents him addressing the IHCA on Saturday

Staff operating speed camera vans on behalf of the State are to stage a 24-hour work stoppage on Saturday September 28th in a dispute over working conditions.

Dispute at GoSafe Ireland centres on working conditions

A warning from the Medical Council about the overprescribing of anxiety and sleeping medicines, has been welcomed by GPs. File photograph: Getty Images

Doctors could face investigation if found over prescribing benzodiazepines and other similar drugs

The Medical Council said that inappropriate prescribing is ‘having a significant impact on patient safety and wellbeing’. File photograph: Getty

Inappropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines having corrosive effect on patients

The trade union Fórsa said there had been no breakthrough on any of the issues in the dispute at talks with the Department of Education. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Talks between Fórsa and department end without agreement in dispute over pay

Siptu’s Paul Bell: ‘We expect that the Government will respond positively and quickly to these ballot results.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Siptu members overwhelmingly vote in favour of Labour Court recommendation

Lung cancer is often diagnosed late and has poor prognosis, so early detection is vital in order to maximise treatment options and improve outcomes. File photograph: Getty

Just 46% ‘offered an appointment to attend’ clinic in July within the 10-day target time

President Michael D Higgins: old work practices must not be allowed re-emerge under the cloak of supposed innovation. Photograph: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

President says emerging employment trends ‘reduce employees’ hard-won labour rights’

  Beef and sheep farms face ‘significant viability challenges’ as they rely heavily on subsidies from Brussels, according to a Central Bank analysis. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Warning comes as Northern Secretary holds talks aimed at restarting Stormont assembly

Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe at Custume Barracks, Athlone, where he reviewed troops of the 60th Infantry Group ahead of their six-month deployment to the Golan Heights in the Middle East. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Fianna Fáil TD criticises ‘policy of inertia’ on issue and believes link to Ictu should be explored

Doctors have warned that the introduction of the new extended free GP service should not be taken for granted. File photograph: Getty

Doctors’ representative cautions that outcome of negotiations ‘should not be assumed’

The Government is to ban the sale of tobacco products from vending machines, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Minister for Health says he is concerned at the number of children who are starting to vape

Army leadership is concerned at the possibility of a withdrawal of labour by members of the Defence Forces if a bond with  trade unions is forged. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Military leaders fear strikes as Congress set to consider application by PDforra

Bus Éireann said there would be two security personnel on duty at all times with a third working at Busáras every day between 8pm and midnight.

Security presence and CCTV at central bus station to be increased after assaults on staff

President Michael D Higgins: Said remarks he had made at a military award ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin had been simply expressed and he believed a genuine will exists ‘to get it all fixed’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste indicates no ‘huge concerns’ about President’s backing for improved money

The national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin: The restriction is likely to pose further challenges to a project that is already years late and massively over budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents complain construction at St James’s campus in breach of permission

The  industrial action on September 20th will consist of a  short work stoppage at the start of the school day. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Staff represented by Fórsa will commence their campaign on September 20th

Children’s Hospital construction: The HSE said this weekend that work on some parts of the project was behind schedule. It said a revised programme timeline for the hospital was being developed which would set out mitigation measures.

Mitigation steps being developed to respond to work falling behind schedule, says HSE

Fórsa has called for many years for school secretaries and caretakers who were employed directly by school management boards to be placed on public service pay scales. Photograph: iStock

Most secretaries employed by schools are on irregular short-term contracts, says Fórsa

Union members will load or unload buses at Busáras after 8pm from September 16th unless the company provides additional security resources. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Union chief signals September 16th action and cites ‘outrageous thuggery’ on system

The trade union Siptu said its members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly backed industrial action in a ballot conducted on Friday.

Siptu says members employed by GoSafe overwhelmingly back industrial action

Many in the Defence Forces believe that because their representative organisations were not associated with the public service committee of Ictu in the talks that led to the current public service pay deal, they did not do as well as others across the public service. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leadership of Irish Congress of Trade Unions to consider issue later in September

Dr Laura Durcan, vice-president of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association with president Dr Donal O’Hanlon, Dr Gabrielle Colleran and  Martin Varley, the association’s secretary general, at the launch of its pre-Budget 2020 submission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

IHCA says treatment waiting lists growing by 7,000 per month

Medical Council guide sets out obligations for doctors with conscientious objections

Figures released by the HSE  show that the largest amounts paid to GPs last year under the scheme went to family doctor out-of-hours services. Photograph: Getty Images

Representative bodies claim HSE figures on GP and dentist earnings are ‘misleading’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue: has  pointed out monthly spending returns for the year to July show health is continuing to exceed its budgeted allocation for 2019.   Photograph: James Forde

Relations with Simon Harris strained by effort to control healthcare spending

Ictu secretary general Patricia King: “Now is the time to invest in our people, our public services and our infrastructure.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ictu pre-budget call for ditching of tax cut proposals, and health and house spending

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he personally wanted to see only public patients in public hospitals. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minster says he wants to see only public patients treated in public hospitals

About 2,500 consultants have contractual rights to see private patients. File photograph: Getty

Author unveils report on public-patient-only system – but no Minister present at launch

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Implementing recommendations from expert group report will pose ‘difficult choices’

Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly: while managers have to be mindful of budgets, any deviation from the four-week limit for accessing the Fair Deal scheme cannot be tolerated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Admission delays as nursing home scheme struggles to function within €985m budget

For Sláintecare proposals to be implemented, consultants must be given contracts that allow only public activity in public hospitals, a report says. Image: iStock

Review group calls for once-off payment to induce consultants to see public patients only

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

HSE warns Government ‘difficult decisions’ needed if spending overrun to be controlled

File image of members of the Army Ranger Wing during a training exercise at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Most dangerous UN mission will involve 14 Irish special forces personnel

By 2031 more than a quarter of a million inhabitants in the State will be aged over 80 years, a departmental review found. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ireland is ageing fast, and our economy, health service – and families themselves – need to adapt

Fair Deal: Jim Daly, Minister of State with responsibilty for older people, has told the Department of Health extra funding needs to come from the Department of Public Expenditure in order to ensure the four-week wait-time target is met.

HSE says delays for entry to the scheme have risen to an average of six or seven weeks

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has said it will not agree to any new Dublin Bus routes being introduced or any extension to existing services unless appropriate facilities are put in place. File Photograph Nick Bradshaw

NBRU warns row brewing over lack of sanitation facilities for bus drivers

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) says it simply cannot ‘stand idly by’ as attacks on its members continue.

Union says antisocial behaviour and thuggery on public transport is on the rise

The NBRU is  expected to indicate it will seek to increase pressure on the Government to back its campaign for the introduction of a dedicated Garda public transport division. Photograph: Getty Images

NBRU to warn of industrial action over route outsourcing and anti-social behaviour

The review suggested that consultants’ basic salaries ranged from about €123,000 to €190,000.

Pay for medical specialists catching up with Australian rates, spending review says

Fórsa  said  it was concerned at growing shortages of health and social care professionals at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth. file photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fórsa says dispute centres on job losses and staffing levels

Ryanair staff unions in Ireland, Britain and Portugal have  announced plans to strike in the coming weeks over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA Wire

Talks aimed at averting Irish strike begin


Acute hospitals also face restrictions as figures show HSE deficit nearing €170 million

File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Strike plans have been signalled over two-tier pay structure and staffing issues

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Medical organisations maintain introducing pay parity for all consultants would cost about €40 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two-tier system to be rectified as health authorities struggle to recruit medical specialists

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Sadlier said: “The Government’s recklessly belligerent attitude is radicalising our members who are now considering the need to withdraw services until pay parity is restored.” File image: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

IMO says Government must take action on pay and recruitment issues by September

INMO: nearly 9,500 hospital patients who were deemed to require admission had to wait on trolleys or chairs for a bed

INMO reports 9,439 people had to wait on trolleys or chairs for a bed

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Connolly Hospital facility to open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday only

Many industrial relations observers have pointed to the financial package that resolved the nurses’ strike last spring as the catalyst for the difficulties facing the Government’s current pay agreement. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fórsa keen to lead 80,000 membership in any pay process, not be seen to follow others

Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Fórsa issues warning amid calls for review of pay agreement due to rising inflation

Air Corps training aircraft fly over the Spire in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Proposed initiative is aimed at improving capacity for training pilots in the Air Corps

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Consultants  have called for the opening of the new children’s urgent-care service at the hospital to be delayed. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Urgent-care centre represents first element of new national children’s hospital

Action would have led to significant disruption to mental health services

In a statement on Tuesday the HSE said that it was ‘very concerned about the impact the action will have on patients in many 24/7 psychiatric facilities nationwid’. Photograph: iStock

Psychiatric nurses’ overtime ban will have significant impact on patients , HSE warns

Hiqa said its main priority was to ensure the safety and care of vulnerable persons in receipt of healthcare services.

HSE plan to cap deficit at €100m linked to watchdog having ‘due regard’ to resources

Stewarts Care has invested heavily to allow it deal with criticisms set out by Hiqa; this led to a €6.2 million unauthorised deficit. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

HSE has 1,030 more staff on payroll than officially permitted

An organisations providing services for people with disabilities has informed the families of some of its clients that they may have been affected by the inappropriate use of their funds.

Review being carried out into ‘unacceptable use’ of monies belonging to people with disabilities

An overtime ban put in place by the PNA earlier this month caused significant difficulties in some part of the mental health services. Photograph: iStock

Lack of meaningful progress over recruitment and retention difficulties, union says


Management at service provider for people with disabilities told HSE of ‘legacy’ practices

More than 19,000  children in Ireland were waiting longer than 12 months to see a specialist. Photograph: iStock

Consultants warn children face restrictions to timely care because of staff shortage

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  and the Irish Medical Organisation have said there are  about 500 hospital consultant posts  vacant around the county. Photograph: Getty Images

Shortage of consultants means centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown will only initially open in daytime hours

The cost of the nurses’ deal, which has now escalated to close to €50m this year, was to have been offset by new savings and productivity measures. Photograph: Getty Images

Government declines to say how much will be generated by new productivity proposals

Hundreds of ambulance personnel are to stage a 24-hour strike from Friday afternoon. File photograph: Alan Betson

HSE does not recognise PNA for ambulance personnel

Minister for Health Simon Harris, right, with HSE chief executive  Paul Reid and Sláintecare executive director Laura Magahy, at  Wednesday’s announcement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dismantling of the bureaucratic apparatus will call for redundancies in management

Minister for Health Simon Harris during Wednesday’s announcement on Sláintecare. Mr Harris  announced plans to establish six new regional bodies to operate hospital and community services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says there are no plans for a redundancy scheme in the HSE

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced the new reforms on Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health outlines new reforms, saying the HSE was ‘never fit for purpose’

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha: ‘Refusing to fill vacant posts is adding fuel to the flames.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government insists staffing restrictions are necessary to tackle rising health spending

Minister for Health Simon Harris said his private secretary knew there was an issue in relation to an individual woman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Chairman of review into latest cervical controversy says process will be independent

 Following the three-day strike by nurses and midwives, the Government agreed in February to a package of proposals brokered at the Labour Court, including a new, enhanced contract for nurses. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ministers accept it will be impossible to avoid another bailout for health service

Ambulance personnel striking on January 22nd at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Operation of new payroll system has left workers ‘short changed,’ trade union says

A cervical cancer cell

HSE says it became aware of an IT issue at US laboratory analysing tests in February

A Labour Court process aimed at resolving a dispute involving up to 10,000 health support staff will resume. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dispute around payment of wage increases after job-evaluation scheme

Psychiatric nurses in three units in Dublin had to spend 36 continuous hours on duty as there was insufficient personnel to relive them. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Union says community mental health services curtailed as overtime ban introduced

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